The City of Austin is considering a ban on the sales of imported dogs and cats.The only retail outlet selling dogs and cats in Austin reportedly is Petland. The store actually might already be headed for a shutdown because they believe the city will pass the ban. The main issue is whether or not the local pet store sells puppies from puppy mills. Petland’s corporate communications department has stated they do not use puppy mills as a source for their puppies, but they don’t directly oversee the management of every branch location. The Austin store has also denied selling puppies from puppy mills.
The Austin Petland in question employs about 20 people who might lose their jobs. The store’s owner said, “It’s very unfair, a lot of people are saying that the protesters have won. I don’t think anyone’s winning, especially when 20 people are being left without a job.” Local news reported all the animals are already gone from the store.
Protestors had been showing up for two years each weekend at the store. Two years ago the city banned the sale of dogs and cats that had not been spayed or neutered.
If passed, some say the ban will increase adoptions of animals in shelters, and decrease euthanizations.
Petland, Inc. was sued in January of 2010 by the Humane Society for allegedly misleading consumers by saying their puppies were from high-quality breeders, when in fact they were from puppy mills.
Jonathan Lovvorn, vice president chief counsel for Animal Protection Litigation at the HSUS said, “Unscrupulous puppy sellers like Petland reap massive profits by pushing unhealthy puppies on well-intentioned dog-lovers who would never knowingly buy a puppy mill dog.”
It should be pointed out the Austin store never had a lawsuit filed against it, and some of the protesters were quoted saying their intention was to change the store’s business practices, not shut it down entirely.
The Human Society encourages people to adopt animals from shelters. Many animals shelters are at full capacity, and some are over capacity.
A pet sales ban proposal failed in San Francisco.
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